Carl Engelbrecht works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where he is the lead propulsion engineer for the Europa Clipper spacecraft. He has over 30 years of experience at JPL, Aerojet (Redmond, Washington), DASA (Germany), and APL in the analysis, design, procurement, and integration and testing of a wide range of electric and chemical space propulsion components and systems. Propulsion-related projects he has supported or led include launch vehicles (Ariane V, Athena, and the Solar Probe Plus Upper Stage), various Earth-orbiting spacecraft, and the deep space probes MESSENGER (Mercury), Magellan (Venus), Galileo (Jupiter), Europa Clipper (Europa), Cassini (Saturn), New Horizons (Pluto), STEREO (the sun), SMART-1 (the moon), and Deep Space 1 (asteroid 9969 Braille and comet Borrelly). He has also supported flight operations on Athena, STEREO, and MESSENGER. Engelbrecht received his BS and MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington, in 1984 and 1986 respectively, and was the chairperson of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee from 2007-2009.

Education History

  • BSEE Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington
  • MSAA Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington

Work Experience

Principal Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

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